- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

GALATIA, Ill. (AP) - American Coal Co. has severed ties with 110 workers in a second round of layoffs at its mine in Galatia, according to a notice from an Illinois agency that was sent to a local workforce development board.

Pamela Barbee, executive director of the Southern 14 Workforce Investment Board, said the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity sent the notice to prompt an informational meeting about unemployment services for those affected by the layoffs.

The company told the state about the job reductions in June to comply with a law requiring 60 days’ notice if mass layoffs are planned.

A message seeking comment from Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the mine’s parent company, was left by the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1hD2lO9 ). It’s unclear whether the layoffs will be permanent.

This is at least the second round of layoffs at the Galatia mine this year, Barbee said. American Coal laid off about 85 workers in May.

A Rapid Response workshop will be held Sept. 17 at Southeastern Illinois College. American Coal Co. workers who were laid off are able to attend the meeting to learn about unemployment benefits, continuing health care benefits and other services.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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